The mainstream media is convinced that all of the measures President Trump has taken to sanction Russia and push back on its expanding influence – in the Middle East and in its own back yard – have been mostly for show.
But once again, an NBC News report shows that there’s more to one-sided stories like a report in the Washington Post claiming that Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent electoral victory against the explicit advice of Trump’s foreign policy advisors.
As it turns out, during the same conversation, President Trump didn’t hesitate to challenge Putin to an arms race, and boasted that the US would almost inevitably win.
Two officials said Trump told Putin during a phone call last week: “If you want to have an arms race we can do that, but I’ll win.”
Afterward the president gave no hint of tensions when he told reporters the two leaders had “a very good call” and that he plans to meet with Putin soon to discuss curtailing an arms race.
Within days the split between Trump’s Russia policy and public rhetoric was again on display.
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